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Getting here

Wollongong CBD is just 90 mins from Sydney, and is accessible by plane, train and automobile!

By Train

By Train

Get here by train

Wollongong is located on Sydney Train’s South Coast Line, with regular services between Sydney and Wollongong. The trip from Central station to Wollongong station takes approximately 90 minutes.

If you are travelling from the domestic or international airports catch a train from the airport to Wolli Creek Station. Change trains at Wolli Creek, and take the next South Coast Line train to Wollongong.

The easiest way to find train timetables and station locations is via the Opal Travel app.

By Plane

By Plane

Get here by plane

Our nearest airports are:

  • Shellharbour Airport (30 mins by car), with direct flights from Brisbane or Melbourne serviced by Link Airways.
  • Sydney Domestic and International Airports (90 mins by car).

By Car

By Car

Get here by car

Wollongong CBD is just 80 km south of Sydney. To get here, choose the scenic, or the express route!

  • Take the Grand Pacific Drive and to experience coastal rainforests, quaint seaside villages and the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge all on your way into Wollongong.
  • In a hurry? Jump on the M1 Motorway from Sydney and be here in 80 minutes. You decide!
  • If travelling from Canberra, the journey is an easy 250 kilometres via the Hume Highway.

Getting around in the CBD

One of the perks of visiting Wollongong is that no matter what you’re looking for, it’s all here in one easy place.

Free Gong Shuttle

Free Gong Shuttle
Free Wollongong shuttle bus

Free Gong Shuttle

The quickest and easiest way to get from one side of the CBD to the other is by jumping on the FREE Gong Shuttle Bus. Simply jump on and jump off at any of the marked bus stops. The route numbers for the Gong Shuttle are 55A and 55C.

The service operates in a loop from Wollongong Station to Wollongong University via Wollongong Mall, Wollongong Hospital, Burelli Street, the Innovation Campus and Fairy Meadow.

Suburban Buses

Suburban Buses

Suburban buses

Travelling further than the CBD? Regular bus services operate in and around Wollongong with buses travelling as far as Austinmer in the north, and Albion park in the south.

To access easy to use timetables and bus stop locations, download the Opal Travel app, or visit:

Northern Suburbs: Premier Illawarra buses or Dion's buses.

Southern Suburbs: Premier Illawarra buses

Taxis + Ride Sharing

Taxis + Ride Sharing

Taxi services

There are several options for paid taxi services in the Wollongong CBD and surrounds:

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair access

Vision Illawarra's website has a Navability map that shows footpaths, shared pathways and trails accessible by wheelchair in the Wollongong City Centre. It also includes an effort ratings guide.

Walking + Shared Pathways

Walking + Shared Pathways

Walking Paths

Wollongong's network of shared pedestrian and bicycle pathways are a convenient and picturesque way to get around on bike or foot. They're also great for wheelchairs, prams and scooters.
A visit to the CBD is not complete without a stroll or cycle along the spectacular Grand Pacific Walk which runs through Wollongong Harbour.

Cycling

Cycling

Cycling

Bicycle pathway Wollongong Harbour

Bike racks are available at the entrances to Crown Street Mall, and inside most private carparks. In particular, there are many bike racks available in Wollongong Central's Market Street car park.

There are many off-road bike pathways to explore around the CBD. Plan your route with Wollongong City Council's handy cycle map. Download a copy below, or pick up a printed version from the Customer Service Centre at 41 Burelli St, Wollongong.

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Parking

Wollongong offers many parking options around the CBD. If you are popping in for a quick visit, on-street parking is available. If you are planning a lengthier stay, choose a paid parking station or outdoor car park.

Always check street signs for any rules that apply to the area where you’re parking.

Free Parking

Free Parking

Free Parking in the CBD

On-Street Parking is free:
  • Before 8.30am and after 4.30pm on weekdays
  • After 12:30pm on Saturdays
  • All day on Sundays
  • On public holidays
Off-Street Council owned car parks are free:
  • Before 8.30am and after 4.30pm on weekdays
  • All day on weekends
  • On public holidays
Woolworths Burelli St car park is free:
  • For up to 2 hours, on ANY day of the week
Wollongong Central shopping centre parking is free:
  • For up to 2 hours on Saturdays and Sundays

Looking for more?

Try checking Park-o-pedia for more tips on car park locations and fees.

Carparks

Carparks

Carparks in Wollongong

Wollongong Central Carparks

There are three undercover car parks attached to the Wollongong Central shopping centre.

Parking in Wollongong Central is free for the first two hours on weekends. At other times, fees may apply. Visit Wollongong Central’s website for details.

Secure Carparks

Secure Parking run two convenient car parks within the CBD, and offer a two hour FREE parking deal in the Woolworths car park. Details on Parking rates can be found on the Secure Parking website. You can also pre-book online.

Wilson Parking

For overnight or weekend carparking, book into Wilson Parking on Crown St. Details on Parking rates can be found on the Wilson Parking website. You can also pre-book online.

Interpark David Jones Carpark

For a quick park in the centre of CBD, the 'David Jones' car park provides quick access to Crown St Mall, Globe Lane and Greater Union Cinemas. Enter via lower Church St next to the taxi rank.

Metered Parking

Metered Parking

Metered Council Car Parks + Street Parking

Parking meters are used for many on-street and off-street parking spaces in the CBD. These are also called ‘Pay and Display Machines’.

How to pay:

If street signs where you are parking have the word ‘ticket’ on them, pay at the nearest parking meter with cash or credit card, or use the CellOPark app. Fees only apply during the times shown on the signs. After paying at a parking meter, leave your printed ticket face up on your dashboard.

Parking meter fees:

Metered fees vary depending on the length and location of your stay.

What to do if a parking meter isn’t working:

If a parking meter isn’t working, call the Parking Meter Fault Line on 1300 994 392. You should purchase a ticket from the next nearest working meter.

If you have paid twice because of a faulty meter, you can get the cost of the second ticket refunded if you report the fault. Fill in a Parking Meter Refund Request Form and bring it to the Council Customer Service Centre at 41 Burelli St, Wollongong, along with the original ticket.

Accessible Parking Spaces

Accessible Parking Spaces

Accessible Parking Spaces

Accessible parking in Wollongong CBD.

Wollongong City Council have created an interactive map displaying the location of all accessible parking spaces in the CBD. Visit their Accessible parking web page for more details. These parking spaces may only be used if you are displaying a Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) card.

Electric Car Charging Stations

Electric Car Charging Stations

Electric Car Charging Stations

There are several charging stations located in the Wollongong Central basement carpark on Keira Street. For more information visit the Wollongong Central website.